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by Mike A. Lancaster

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Kyle Straker volunteered to be hypnotized at the annual community talent show, expecting the same old lame amateur acts. But when he wakes up, his world will never be the same. Televisions and computers no longer work, but a strange language streams across their screens. Everyone’s behaving oddly. It’s as if Kyle doesn’t exit.
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Kyle Straker volunteered to be hypnotized at the annual community talent show, expecting the same old lame amateur acts. But when he wakes up, his world will never be the same. Televisions and computers no longer work, but a strange language streams across their screens. Everyone’s behaving oddly. It’s as if Kyle doesn’t exit.
Is this nightmare a result of the hypnosis? Will Kyle wake up with a snap of fingers to roars of laughter? Or is this something much more sinister?

Narrated on a set of found cassette tapes at an unspecified point in the future, Human.4 is an absolutely chilling look at technology gone too far.

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ALAN Review - Barbara A. Ward
When teen Kyle Straker volunteers to be hypnotized during the town talent show, he awakens to a different world. Computers and cell phones no longer work, and a strange language streams across the television screens. Everyone around him seems somehow disturbingly different, and Kyle and the three others who were hypnotized must solve the puzzle. The story is told through a series of cassettes taped by Kyle during the beginning of what he realizes is a human upgrade that he and the others missed while under hypnosis. The author's side notes explaining popular cultural references, such as "The Apprentice" and "Cracking Jokes," add depth and humor to this compulsive page-turner. The Editor's Notes pondering the significance of the gaps in Kyle's tapes heighten reader interest and add to the book's complexity. Readers will surely ponder the possible obsolete nature of humanity where even reading is an artifact of the past. Reviewer: Barbara A. Ward

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Fiction - Young Adult
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770L (what's this?)
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Mike A. Lancaster lives in Cambridge, England with his wife and children.  Human.4 is his first novel for children.

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Human.4 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was amamzing. With twists and turns and a shocker of a story line, this story is by far one of the best that i have read. It gives a look into a surprizingly sad future. And makes the reader truely think... what would do if you missed the upgrade?
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about Human.4 I have to admit I was intrigued, because not only was the cover different and interesting looking but the premise sounded amazing. Luckily enough Human .4 is suspenseful, imaginative science fiction fun! Everything changes the day Danny Birnie tells Kyle, Simon, and Lilly that he hypnotized his sister. When the three first hear about it they laugh it off at yet another attempt of Danny's to catch their attention, but when the day of the talent show comes to their small town, they are sadly mistaken. Suddenly, Kyle and Lilly as well as two others are thrust in two a new world- one that has them as the top enemy and their past friends and family acting like their outcasts. What has happened? Is this some sick and twisted game, or is there something even more sinister and evil in play? Only time will tell in this fast paced tale of one boy's fight to rewrite the past and fix the future before it's too late. One of the most compelling and well-done aspects of this book was without a doubt the premise and its execution. The idea of humanity being upgraded every few years was startling and scary and, most importantly, believable, and it only made the book even better, in my opinion. Better yet, I loved how the reader gets to learn about all of this right along with Kyle and his friend Lilly. And talking about Kyle and Lilly, both were decently developed characters. Simon was the average teen, albeit this whole thing of upgrading he is thrown into, and Lilly was the same. The bond they form during Human.4 was yet another great part of the book, because it was interesting to see them slowly let down their guards and help one another in this huge mess, as well as begin to develop something more. The only part I wasn't too found of with this book was the that Lancaster has left me with several questions based on the Lilly and Kyle's "new" world and such, though I read somewhere there will be a sequel to this, so hopefully everything will be cleared up sooner than later. Lastly, Mike's writing was great for a debut author. I thought he did a great job of developing a thoroughly hashed out plot and characters in only 200 or so pages, so I'm excited to see what's next for him book wise. In all, if you love science fiction and world that are so believable they are scary, Human.4 is the book for you! Grade: B
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
HUMAN.4, by Mike A. Lancaster, is a thrilling documentary-style story about a teen and three others in his village whose lives are turned upside down after being under hypnosis. Lancaster created a story will linger in your mind long after Kyle's tapes have stopped. I was absolutely blown away by this book and I clung to each word. I loved the structure of the book. It was a transcription of the tapes that Kyle recorded in the hopes of those listening would remember the few 0.4's left. I liked the little notes that the transcriber made in regards to phrases and words that were no longer relevant in the current world. Lancaster's hypnotized characters were very special to me by the end. I felt like I was one of them in the fight to understand what the heck happened when they were hypnotized. The world they woke up to was definitely scary, which strengthened my connection with them. And even though it was such a small part, I am still a girl and I wanted Kyle and Lilly to kiss and make up. Their relationship was rocky from a previous indiscretion and what better time to make up for it when it seems you are the only two normal teens left! I won't ruin the plot but for those who love science fiction, this book is definitely for you. Lancaster kept me in suspense until the very end and I was anxious to know what would happen to his characters who were left behind and seemingly unnoticed. *Cover Note* Loved the cover. Definitely a significance in the book which steps up the creepy factor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im going to be completely honest here. Ive read hundreds of books and this one was the worst one ive ever read. It was so retarded and didnt make any sense.
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This book will make you fear hypnosis. Be afraid of what you rrad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. Honestly. The details and realistic feel of this sci-fi novel were both really great. Twists and turns make this book thrilling. It made me question things in life, now somewhat more knowledgable than before I read this. You need to read this!!! You will never see the world questionable again! Besides the somewhat bad ending, all in all a good dystopian read. Thanks!!! (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good and creepy and smart.
The-1st-acopolypse More than 1 year ago
Awsome book and espeacially how he made the people telling different
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
We are always waiting breathlessly for the latest and greatest technology. It seems like computers, communication devices, and software programs are updated almost daily. Having the most up-to-date version often has us standing in line. What if humans could be updated? Would we be as excited if there were new versions of us? And what about humans who for some reason missed the latest update? Kyle and four others at the Millgrove annual talent show volunteered to be hypnotized. Kyle isn't really worried, since the star of the act is a fellow teen named Danny who usually performs a fairly unsuccessful magic act each year. The four volunteers take the stage and Danny begins his act. A short time later, the volunteers awake to a small town crowd filled with their friends and relatives, but something is different - very different. Kyle, Lilly, Mrs. O'Donnell, and Mr. Peterson are facing an audience frozen in time. Everyone watching the performance is sitting unmoving on the village green. Kyle and the others approach individuals but receive no response when they attempt to communicate. Mr. Peterson seems to be in shock, so Kyle, Lilly, and Mrs. O'Donnell go in search of answers. Within an hour, the town seems to be back to normal, or at least the frozen residents have resumed activity and headed toward their homes. However, what Kyle experiences at home is far from his regular family life. His parents and brother are moving again, and they look normal, but there is something not right about the way they interact. Whispered conversations and an unexpected visit from the family physician cause Kyle to be even more suspicious. The four volunteers all experience abnormal behavior by friends and family and decide they need to stick together. They stumble across the truth at a local farm, but can hardly believe what they are seeing. It is clear that they are the only ones left of their kind. Author Mike A. Lancaster takes readers into a frightening version of the future. Humans have been upgraded to a newer version; however, four individuals have been left behind. The upgraded humans seem happy enough, although they have some disturbing new characteristics. Lancaster presents his story through cassette tapes recorded by Kyle. The messages left on the tapes will have readers looking at the technology around them very differently. HUMAN.4 is perfect for dystopian and sci-fi fans.
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JDiaz More than 1 year ago
I first was intrigued by the cover of this book and thought it was be an interesting read, since I have been long overdue for a good Sci-Fi novel. It is difficult to write a thorough review since doing so would reveal many plot spoilers. The plot itself feels almost too much of a matrixy background with the world we live is not what it seems. I don't feel it would be fair to say it is a carbon copy of the matrix since Lancaster does create his own and interesting spin on simulated reality through tapes and programs. Yet, the overall presentation is what makes this book feel too underdeveloped especially with the characters. Most of the characters lack a certain degree of emotional appeal and are too rushed to form any real character development, except for one individual, yet this only comes to the very end of the novel. In trying to develop the characters, Lancaster throws in an emotional struggle between the main character and an ex-girlfriend that screams predictability and is completely unnecessary since the characters should be trying to figure out what is going on around them than reminisce on old puppy love. But to be fair, I would recommend this to matrix fans or people who like a short read to discuss simulated reality. For people who are barely interested in simulated Sci-Fi I would recommend to try for something else.
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You only dont like this book because it has depth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good until the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was overall not a good read. The ending wasnt thought out very well. It was kind of just like, "wow great book" until the end. I still cant get over that. It was a great plot and had potential, but the ending really brought it down. Bottom line: Dont read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for the sequal!!!!! Does anyone know when it will be published?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The humans that did not get the up grade were some slow to catch on to what was happening. It takes the entire book for these poor people to finally realize that they cannot fit into the new system.